Xodus Group add EIA manager with offshore know-how

Eric Houston
Eric Houston

Engineering and advisory support firm Xodus Group has announced the appointment of a new environmental impact assessment (EIA) manager with offshore energy experience.

Eric Houston worked as an offshore client representative for BP as part of oil spill monitoring in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

In his new role, he will lead the Aberdeen-based Xodus Group’s offshore energy and environmental teams.

Mr Houston, who will be based in the company’s Edinburgh office, said: “I’ve been aware of Xodus’ capabilities throughout my career and know the strengths of the team. As someone who has developed my career in marine environmental consultancy, I’m looking forward to working with many talented people within the company.

“Hopefully I can strengthen and broaden the company’s knowledge and experience of the energy value chain, from supply to demand.”

Christina Horspool, environment division manager at Xodus Group, added: “Eric has had hands-on experience from one of the most influential oil events in history with the Gulf of Mexico spill. He also has experience from electricity transmission projects – one of the most important and fastest growing areas of offshore energy – as well as a vast knowledge of managing EIA projects.

“We are known as a trusted advisor for environmental and consenting projects and can help clients to communicate effectively with stakeholders and communities. Eric will be a real asset for the company and we’re pleased to have him on board.”